Thursday, September 12, 2019

GoneMAD Music Player 3.0 Alpha 13

Development is moving along at a nice rate now and im hoping to have the alphas finished by the winter.  Alpha 13 has a bunch of nice additions.

Year View Improvements

The year view now offers the ability to group multiple years together in the year list.  For now you can group by either 5 or 10 years.  

Pin Smart Playlist to Library

I had hinted at this ability before, but now its finally available.  Smart playlists can now be pinned to the library and essentially become a custom view.  The podcast view added in alpha 12 is essentially the same thing, but instead of referencing a smart playlist on disk, its referencing a hard coded playlist.  The upcoming audiobook view will also leverage the same capabilities.  Pinned tabs can be removed through customize -> view order from the 3 dot menu on the toolbar.

Lyrics UI

GMMP now has a UI to view embedded lyrics.

'Show Lyrics' option should now be added to the context menu of song list items and the now playing menu (this will show lyrics for the currently playing track.

Alpha 14 will mostly focus on lyric improvements like:

  • lrc lyric file support
  • better synchronized lyric support (highlight playing line)
  • support for musixmatch
  • support for quicklyrics

3.0 Alpha 13 (09/12/2019):

Added ability to group years in year view by 5 or 10
Added option to pin smart playlists to the library as a tab
Added stat and setting backup and restore
Added lyrics ui
Added ability to wrap metadata lines (used in lyrics view)

Improvements / Info:
Library views reset back to defaults
Live search result size increased to 100
Adjusted 4x1 dimensions to look better on more screen sizes

Fixed issue where the wrong item was removed in the view select ui
Fixed issue where recently added smart playlist was overwritten with recently added album's rules
Fixed album art internet search
Empty composers no longer get listed in the composer list (delete db and rescan)


Saturday, August 24, 2019

GoneMAD Music Player 3.0 Alpha 12

Edit: Looks like the release build of alpha 12 is broken so i took down the links.  Will try to fix asap

Edit 2: Fix is up.  Download links should now point to 12a

Alpha 12 brings back widgets.  They cannot be customized yet (will come in the beta) but in general they are much more responsive than the 2.x widgets.  There are a lot of different customizations already coded, but since there is no UI for setting up the widgets yet I tried to find some good defaults.

Here are some of the customizations on the 4x1 widget

Album Art background

Blurred art background

3 buttons

Different metadata lines
Alpha 12 also adds 2 new views.  Podcast view and Years view.  Podcast view is a bit of a look into a future feature that will allow custom library tabs to be created out of smart playlists.  Behind the scenes the podcast view is just a smart playlist (genre contains podcast or filename contains podcast).  The years view will show a list of years for all your tracks.  Future updates wills allow year ranges to be used (like grouping by decade or a few year period).  These views are not enabled by default and can be added to the library through the Customize -> View Order menu option.

The other big changes are the scanner will now automatically rescan files that change on your storage when a scan is ran.  It looks at the last modified date of the file to see if that has changed.  I've also fixed the issue where you were unable to play files not scanned into gmmp's database already.  When attempting to play files not in the database, gmmp will start playing the files and will trigger the scanner to scan them in.  Playback does start before the file is fully scanned so there is a small chance you may see an "Unknown" entry end up in one of the library views for a short period of time until the scan is finished.

GoneMAD Music Player 3.0 Alpha 12 (08/24/2019)


Added 2x1, 2x2, 4x1, 4x2, and 4x4 widgets
Last updated date is now recorded for tracks
Added date added and date updated to song info popup
Refactored library view filtering to leverage smart playlist rules
Added podcast view (Genre contains "podcast" OR filename contains "podcast")
Added enqueue shuffled to track, album, file, and folder context menus
Added Years view


Refactored scanner to allow for picking up external tag changes
Improved handling of multiple track changes in rapid succession


Songs not in the database can now be played / enqueued


Monday, July 22, 2019

GoneMAD Music Player 3.0 Alpha 11a

3.0 Alpha 11a (07/22/19):


Fixed editing rules in groups
Fixed more issues with album artists in smart playlists
Prevent linking a smart playlist to itself when adding links to a group
Fixed crash when viewing a playlist with multiple entries of the currently playing song
Other various crash fixes


Thursday, July 18, 2019

GoneMAD Music Player 3.0 Alpha 11

Alpha 11 adds the final piece to the smart playlist functionality.  You now will be able to mix both AND and ORs (any rule / all rules) in the playlists through smart rule groups.  Inside each group you can add anything you could at the top level of the smart playlist (rules, groups, or links to other playlists).

Top level of the playlist showing 2 groups

First group that matches all rules

Second group that matches any rule

Viewing playlist contents

Besides the smart playlist groups, I also added the ability to use the android image picker to select album art and added some new sort options for the folder view.

Icon in the top left will open image picker that is shown below

Next up will be widgets and a few new views/tabs (podcasts and years).  I expect widget work will be spread out over a few releases similar to the other big features I've done so far in this alpha.

3.0 Alpha 11 (07/18/19):


-Added some smart playlist validate to prevent saving invalid playlists
-Added ability to select album art using external image selectors / galleries
-Added new folder view sort options: Artist, Trackname, Track Num, and Rating
-Added tag caching to reduce the need to reread tags from storage
-Added progress bar indicator when saving album art
-Added support for TXXX rating tags
-Added complex smart playlist logic via smart rule groups

-Fixed writing composer tag
-Fixed reading multiple composer tags
-Fixed deleting composers when deleting the database
-Fixed deleting empty composers after editing composer tags
-Other various fixes


Wednesday, June 26, 2019

GoneMAD Music Player 3.0 Alpha 10a/10b

3.0 Alpha 10a (06/26/19):

Updated manifest to maybe help gmmp show up as a default music player... maybe

Playing albums/artists/etc from a smart playlist detail view should now only play tracks that match the smart playlist rules
Fixed some smart playlist crashes

3.0 Alpha 10b (06/30/19):

Added sort by rating to track list and album details view

Fixed album artist list from showing all artists


Friday, June 21, 2019

GoneMAD Music Player 3.0 Alpha 10

Album art downloading has now be readded back to gmmp in alpha 10.  The process should much easier to deal with compared to 2.x.  Now all possible images are shown at once in an image grid similar to the album list view.  

Text under each image will give more explanation.  If the image is local to your device, it will say either "Current Image", "In Folder", or "Embedded" depending on where gmmp found the image.  After that it will show various resolution images found online.  Very large will be the full resolution, Large is 1000x1000, Medium 800x800, and Small is 600x600.  Select a new image for the album and the rest of the UI will update to reflect the new album art.

Another significant capability added in Alpha 10 is the ability to set the top level view used for smart playlists (referred to in the UI as "group by".  You can now set the top level to be Album, Album Artist, Artist, Composer, Genre, or Track.

The following images will show the same smart playlist, but with different "group bys" chosen.  One thing to note is the "order by" only applies to the track list, the other top levels will be sorted by the sorting options in the toolbar.

3.0 Alpha 10 (06/21/19):

-Added album art selector
-Added sort menu to smart details
-Added album art preloading for album lists
-Added 'group by' option for smart playlists.  This sets the top level when viewing the playlists


-New smart playlists will default to matching all rules
-Improved preformance on actions involving a large number of tracks
-Changed a lot of the internal handling of album artist so please report any album artist related issues if they pop up
-Improved search performance
-Removed crossfade when loading images in album list views
-Improved image caching
-Album Artist list sort/view mode is now separate from the Artist list view


Fixed library tab menus not loading correctly
Fixed sorting by album artist in smart playlists
Fixed crash in the search ui
Fixed list items refreshing when unchanged


Friday, May 31, 2019

3.0 Album Art Selector Preview

I've been working on the album art downloader and album art selector for the last few days and i wanted to show off the progress.  The album art search was completely rewritten using retrofit.  Its quite a nice library.  The old album art search was about 5 times as much code as the new version.  Its great how easy retrofit makes making web calls. 

Over the years gmmp has gone through a bunch of different album art search providers (google, bing, amazon, and itunes), but now all thats left is itunes.  Fortunately their api is very simple and it appears they auto scale their album art images based on the resolution you request.  Instead of returning a single image, the album search will now return 4 options: small (600x600), medium (800x800), large (1000x1000), and very large (largest size available on itunes.. usually 1600x1600ish).

Whats shown in the video below is just a rough cut at the album art selector

Friday, May 24, 2019

GoneMAD Music Player 3.0 Alpha 9

Alpha 9 brings the smart playlist editor.  It is still missing a few features I want to add but that will come later.  Its been about a month since the last release so I needed to get this out there.  There are a few new things in smart playlists compared to 2.x.  You can now make rules based off skipcount and composer.  You also can link to another smart playlist.  Linking will essentially import all the rules into your current playlist.

The 2 remaining major smart playlist capabilities that will be coming in the future is the ability to do advanced rule logic through rule groups and the ability to set the top level of the smart playlist (albums, artists, tracks, etc).  I may get to them in the next alpha, but for now I am going to be changing priorities and focusing on the album art downloading and art selector.  Those should be fairly straight forward compared to the smart playlist features.

Note: be careful if you use any of the new capabilities and plan on returning back to 2.x.  I do not know how 2.x will handle a smart playlist file with a link or if it references skipcount / composer

3.0 Alpha 9 05/24/2019:


Added smart playlist editor
Added menu option to create new smart playlist
Added sort options for the smart playlist list view
Added save queue menu option
Added ability to reference/link other smart playlists in a smart playlist

Fixed library tab menus not loading correctly


Friday, May 10, 2019

3.0 Smart Playlist Editor Preview

Just wanted to show a video of the current state of the smart playlist editor.  I'm hoping to have alpha 9 finished by the end of the next week but it may take a little longer.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

GoneMAD Music Player 3.0 Alpha 8

This update is mostly fixes unfortunately but I did add a UI customization that I think a lot of users should like.  The ability to add/remove library views and change their order.

Since I added full composer support, I did not want to add a composer tab to everyones UI when I know it is not a commonly used tag, so I made this view order customization a priority.

3.0 Alpha 8 04/17/2019:

-Added skip count (advancing when less than 25% played for now, will be configurable in the future)
-Skip count now available in smart playlists
-Skip count added to song info dialog
-Disc number added to the tag editor for folders
-Added full composer support including composer view
-View order customization option to the library view.  Can choose the tabs and the order

-Improved finding files in playlists

-Fixed a bunch of issues in smart playlists with random sort order
-Smart playlists should now be listed in alphabetical order
-Fixed artist delete context menu option
-Album details can now change view mode
-Fixed album details when filtering by artist
-Floating action button should now hide correctly when scrolling short lists
-Add to playlist floating action button will now hide when scrolling down
-Fixed issue with reordering tracks in a playlist
-Fixed crash in the smart list view

3.0 Alpha 8a:
-Fixed scanner not associating composers with albums
-Fixed some crashes


Thursday, March 21, 2019


Pushed a new 2.x patch.  The automatic album art download ended up broken due to amazon's album art search no longer working.  I switch things to use the other album art source, so that functionality should be restored.  Additionally there was still some issues with ogg album art that were fixed as well.

2.2.21 (03/21/2019):
-Fixed some more album art issues
-Fixed automatic album art downloads

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

GoneMAD Music Player 3.0 Alpha 7c

This update is mostly bug fixes but I did add a few things that should have been there from really early on in the alpha (like the shuffle context menu options).  You can also rate multiple files, folders, and tracks at the same time with the multi select.

3.0 Alpha 7c (03-12-2019):


-Added shuffle to context menu in most views
-Added shuffle to multi select action menu for most views
-Added Enqueue All On Selection advanced setting
-Added Database Stats in the advanced scanner settings
-Added rating to multi select actions for tracks, files, and folders
-Default smart playlists are now correctly installed if they dont exist

-Removed unused tag editor option in playlist list context menu
-Removed unused song info context menu option for playlist files in folder view
-Folder view should now use the selected scan paths for the top level folders
-Improved album grouping for various artist albums in the same folder with no album artist tags
-Fixed multi folder album scanner option
-External write access is now checked before rating a file
-Playback should no longer pause while saving rating/tags for most audio formats
-Deleting files should no longer trigger a full scan
-Fixed smart playlist crash when using some non random sort orders


Monday, February 18, 2019

GoneMAD Music Player 3.0 Alpha 7b

Fixed some long standing bugs with the alpha.  Enjoy

3.0 Alpha 7b (02/18/2019):

-In app error report will now also send the database file
-Removing playing track from the queue will now stop playback

-Fixed album art sometimes not properly updating in now playing and the mini player
-Potential fix for metadata over bluetooth getting stuck on the first track
-Saved audio balance is now correctly applied on startup
-Fast scroll should now show the correct letter / number in the pop up
-Fixed track Album Year sort
-Fixed highlighted track after removing song from playlist details view



Sunday, February 17, 2019


Turns out the update from a few months ago that added the runtime permissions to write to storage ended up breaking the initial installation of the equalizer presets and smart playlists.  So that is now fixed.  I also tried fixing some of the metadata over bluetooth issues, but have no clue if it will work.  None of my test devices have the issue and im following google's documentation on how to set the metadata.

2.2.18 (02/17/2019):
-Possible fix for metadata over bluetooth getting stuck on the first track
-Fixed installing equalizer presets and smart playlists on first launch
-Fixed some ANRs/crashes

Edit: Pushed 2.2.19 to fix the broken remote controls

Sunday, January 27, 2019

GoneMAD Music Player 3.0 Alpha 7

Alpha 7 adds the ability to play smart playlists and rate tracks.  Editing of smart playlists will be in alpha 8 but you can currently use gmmp 2.x to edit/create smart playlists and they will work fine with 3.0.  During my rewrite of the smart playlists I was able to add the ability for more complex logic for the rules.  Previously it was either all "AND" or all "OR", but now (granted its just behind the scenes currently) ANDs and ORs can be mixed together ie: (Playcount > 1 OR Rating > 4) AND Genre Like "Rock".  This will be possible once the smart playlist editor UI is created for the next alpha.

I have also created a discord channel for support since Google+ is eventually being shut down.

GMMP 3.0 Alpha 7 (01/27/19):

Added ability to play smart playlist files
Added smart playlist list view
Added ability to play smart playlist files (spl) from external file managers
Added song info to queue context menu
Added playcount to song info dialog (will show if playcount > 0)
Updated dependencies
Add to Playlist added to playlist details view and queue view
Song info added to playlist details, folder, bookmark, and queue view
Added ability to delete cue files
Added context menu option to rate tracks

Improved sdcard write access check performance
Album Year sortings will always list tracks in ascending order by disc/track number

Fixed rating field in song info dialog
Temporarily disabled double tap to delete gesture
Fixed issue where jump to playing dialog would display twice
Fixed crash when deleting playing track


3.0 Alpha 7a (01/28/2019):

Note: There are currently some issues with randomly ordered smart playlists that will worked out in a future patch
Fixed crash opening search ui
Fixed all text operators in smart playlists
Fixed sort order when playing/enqueing a smart playlist from the smart playlist list
Disabled fast scroll popup in the smart playlist details view
Actually disabled the delete gesture for real this time
Fixed playing a file in a smart playlist with random sort order (only selected song will play however)